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Exploring Death and DMT, WA Clinic’s Ketamine Therapy, and ‘Cocaine Shark’

Cesar Gallegos

by Cesar Gallegos

August 4, 2023 08:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 4 Minutes

What DMT can teach us about dying, ketamine infusion therapy provides hope for fibromyalgia patients, and “Cocaine Shark” steals headlines.

Let’s dive into this week’s canna-news.

Life, Death, and DMT

Does doing DMT really feel like dying? That’s the question a recent study conducted by the BIAL Foundation sought to answer.

The study involved a 54-year-old man who had a near-death experience (NDE) during a coma caused by bacterial meningoencephalitis. The same man then went on to have a profound experience while taking DMT. Researchers conducted a semi-structured interview with the man to see if there were any similarities between the two experiences.

Researchers found a high level of comparability between NDE’s and DMT trips. For example, both experiences induce themes of transcendence of time and space, ego dissolution, and cosmic love. One thing missing from the man’s DMT experience, however, was the feeling of having his “life in review” and encounters with deceased loved ones which he felt during his NDE.

Despite the similarities, the man emphasized that the experiences felt significantly distinct.

What do you think of this fascinating study? Let us know in the comments!

Washington Clinic Approves Ketamine Treatment

Interventional Orthopedics of Washington (IOW) is spearheading the movement to take ketamine treatment where it’s never gone before. The IOW recently revealed it would be offering therapeutic ketamine infusions for patients dealing with chronic pain, including fibromyalgia. When administered, these ketamine infusions produce mild anesthetic and anxiety-reducing effects.

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Patients considering this cutting-edge therapy will first need to undergo a clinical assessment. The IOW uses these assessments to learn about patients’ medical history, current condition, and psychological health to ensure that ketamine treatment is right for them.

If approved, patients with fibromyalgia will be able to take advantage of this therapy, in low doses, from the comfort of their homes. These treatments can block pain receptors and promote neural plasticity — the ability of the nervous system to regain function after injuries. This could allow patients to learn new behaviors, recover from physical and emotional trauma, and improve cognitive function.

Give us your thoughts on the IOW’s revolutionary new treatment option in the comments!

Cocaine Shark Makes Waves

It’s the Summer which means that Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is back. Amongst this year’s offerings of shark content, one program stole the show — Cocaine Shark!

Cocaine Shark explores what happens when sharks devour cocaine dropped by traffickers. While this may sound like an unlikely premise, it’s based on a very real problem. Every year, aquatic life all over the planet is affected by the pollutants humans leave behind. Cocaine Shark attempts to bring awareness to this issue through its headline-stealing topic matter.

The show is based on the work of Florida-based environmental engineer Dr. Tracy Fanara and British marine biologist Tom Hird. While conducting research on the ecologically sensitive Florida Keys — the pair observed unusual behaviors from sharks swimming around floating bales of cocaine.

Dr. Fanara and Hird sought to conduct experiments on how cocaine affects sharks, without inadvertently hurting them of course. As such, the two opted to instead use dummy bales with concentrated fish powder meant to simulate cocaine. The researchers found that cocaine likely stimulates sharks in the same way that catnip affects cats, which explains why the sharks they initially observed were so erratic and attracted to the cocaine bales.

However, the two researchers say more research is needed before having a definitive answer to how cocaine actually affects sharks. In the meantime, the pair hopes viewers of Cocaine Shark will understand why it’s so important that humans stop polluting sensitive ocean ecosystems.

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